Stampin’ Up! Happy Inkin’ Thursday “Builder Birdcage” Blog Hop

Hi Stampers, I am trying to use all my wonderful stamps from the Occasions Catalog before they retire.  So today I am using the “Builder Birdcage” Stamp Set and the “Cupcakes and Carousel” DSP paper stack for my share today.  This week was a sketch challenge.  I hope you try this sketch and if you do, I would love to see the card you create.


Here is the sketch challenge:


Stampin’ Up! “Builder Birdcage” Card:

Stampin Up Builder Birdcage card by Kristi @

Here is the recipe:

Card Base: Very Vanilla 5-1/2 x 8-1/2, scored at 4-1/4

Mat: Early Espresso: 4 x 5-1/4

DSP: Cupcakes and Carousel: 3-7/8 x 5-1/8

DSP: Cupcakes and Carousel 1-1/2 x 5-1/8

Art Piece: Very Vanilla cut from the largest Stitched Square Framelits

Mat: Bermuda Bay cut from the Layering Square Framelits

Sentiment 5/8 x 4-1/4 punching the end with the Triple Banner Punch

  • Attach the DSP papers to the Early Espresso mat
  • Wrap a piece of lace ribbon around the seam of the two papers
  • Attach the mats to the card front with dimensionals

The Details:

Stampin Up Builder Birdcage card by Kristi @

  • Stamp your birdcage images onto the Very Vanilla square in Early Espresso ink
  • Stamp your birds in Bermuda Bay
  • Run some Wink of Stella down the inside left of the birdcage image (this will make the ink smear, that’s okay, this is your shadow)
  • Run a line of Soft Sky maker down the outside left edge of the birdcage image (this is the outside shadow)

More Details:

Stampin Up Builder Birdcage card by Kristi @

  • Stamp your sentiment onto the banner with Early Espresso ink and attach with glue dots
  • Die cut the flowers in So Saffron and Bermuda Bay card stock using the Botanical Builder framelits and attach with glue dots
  • Add rhinestones to the center of each flower
  • Add your lace bow to the front of the card

The Inside:

Stampin Up Builder Birdcage card by Kristi @

Here is an alternative card:

I never know how my cards are going to turn out and do several versions and then decide what I am going to post.  Here is the first one I did.   Which one do you like?

Stampin Up Builder Birdcage card by Kristi @

Here is our team:

Alright, on with the hop!  Click the button below to hop over to see what the rest of the team created for you today:


And just in case you get lost along the way, here is a list of the team members involved in the hop today:

Amy Koenders:

Shelagh Freemantle:

Mary Deatherage:

Jari Francis:

Kristi Gray:

Jaimie Babarczy:

Can I help you?

Do you need product to make this card and need a demonstrator? I would be happy to answer any questions or assist you.  You can either click the “shop with me button” which directs you to my online store or click the “contact me” button for further help.  Happy Stamping, Kristi

Here are the products I used to make this card:

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  1. Amy Koenders says:

    What a beautiful design Kristi! I love the colors and your bird cages are perfectly stamped. The die cut flowers look amazing around your focal panel too! 🙂

  2. Terri Shilling says:

    I love both designs, but would pick the diamond/harlequin back ground. Like the way it pops too!

  3. Susan K says:

    Both are very cute and anyone would smile to receive one of them. I love seeing the two versions. Thanks for sharing both!

  4. Jaimie says:

    Ohhhh of love it!!!! I love the stamp set that you’ve used and the beautiful elements around the bird cages. and that paper is perfect!!!

  5. Gloria Sperring says:

    There’s no contest, their both great! I’m making this card for my granddaughter’s birthdays. I only have 25 of them and 5 grandsons! TFS!

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